2017 IDEAS SUMMIT

Politico says “NewDEAL Democrats are rising” after this week’s Ideas Summit in San Francisco where about 30 pro-growth progressive state and local NewDEAL leaders came together with other innovative voices in the private sector, non-profit world, and government. Thank you to everyone who participated in two days of in-depth discussions about harnessing the impact of technology to spur innovation, improve government services, and, most importantly, create broadly shared economic growth.

Check out this story on remarks about our changing economy by NewDEAL Honorary Vice-Chair and California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom as well as Honorary Co-chair Senator Mark Warner, who offered an alternative to popular approaches to addressing economic anxiety that he said too often call on us to go backward and “don’t fit the bill.”

If you were unable to join us for the Summit, here are a few highlights:

Lt. Gov. Newsom called for practical ways to address the growing gap between the haves and have nots, saying “Growth and inclusion is the issue of our time. We have got to step up in a meaningful way and recognize the way technology is changing the nature of our work.”

Senator Warner offered ideas about adapting to the new economy, including supporting portable benefits, improving skills training, and addressing corporate short-termism that is damaging our capitalist system. “Democrats have always been at our best when we have been a forward-leaning party. The American people are tough enough to take the facts about the changing economy, but they need people who are willing to be straight with them on the answers and the solutions. And I think a lot of those answers and solutions will start here with NewDEAL Democrats.”

Other highlights included small group discussions on ideas for issues ranging from regulating emerging technologies to building more affordable housing to addressing the future of work, as well as panels on major questions for state and local officials to tackle.

During a panel on fostering entrepreneurship, we heard from NewDEAL Leader Libby Schaaf, the Mayor of Oakland, who has led a public-private partnership with Kiva to provide 0% interest crowdfunded loans to hundreds of small businesses, and has worked to support the city’s diverse entrepreneurs by allowing most businesses to get their necessary local permits online in 24 hours.

“There’s an opportunity to create a conversation around outcomes and to make your data and technology systems connect to how you spend your money,” said Caroline Whistler, CEO and Co-Founder of Third Sector Capital Partners, Inc. during a discussion on transforming government. “People talk a lot about connecting data sets across different parts of their communities. Ask ‘for what?’ and make sure it’s going to be tied back into the outcome priorities you care about and your contracting.”

In addressing the new political landscape, Congressman Ami Bera called for his Party to be about more than “we are not Donald Trump,” saying Democrats need to focus on Americans’ aspirational goals, like how they can send their kids to college or take care of their elderly parents. “We have to be talking about how we are going to help them in their daily lives.”

In wrapping up the Summit during a panel of innovative CEO’s, Co-Founder and Chair of Aspiration Joe Sanberg said, “There needs to be bigger recognition of repairing the basic social contract. It should be, if you work, you enjoy financial dignity. There’s a race in politics that’s on to see who can figure out how to fix that social contract first. Whichever movement can fix that social contract is going to be the majority governing movement in the future.”

2017 Summit Breakouts

Session One, Wednesday 10 – 11:15 am

Fostering Entrepreneurship (Personal – Couch Area)

The health of small businesses and the opportunity to grow new companies are key drivers of our economy. Small firms create the majority of jobs and play a key role in innovation, producing 16 times more patents per worker than large firms. Led by Santa Cruz Supervisor Ryan Coonerty and Engine’s Evan Engstrom, this session will cover perspectives from the private and public sectors on ways in which government can help people start and expand businesses.

Making Housing Affordable (Tagalog)

A New York Times Magazine headline recently proclaimed that homeownership has become “the engine of American inequality” because of the lack of affordable housing for many workers and their families across the country. This session will provide an opportunity to explore state and local policies that are working to provide stable housing, combat homelessness, and revitalize neighborhoods. Leading the conversation, Nashville Mayor Megan Barry will talk about her city’s ambitious efforts to tackle this issue, including her Housing Incentives Pilot Program, and SPUR’s Kristy Wang will talk about how the Bay Area is responding to similar challenges.

Preparing Workers for the Future of Work (Scrapbooking)

The new economy is not only requiring new skill sets to succeed in old industries, from manufacturing to journalism but is also creating entirely new industries that involve completely different ways to think about the concept of work, including “on-demand” work. Led by Todd Rufo, Director of the San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development, and Arkansas Representative Warwick Sabin, this session will focus on how different jurisdictions are approaching these changes, with an emphasis on workforce training and skills for the 21st century.

Building Global Communities (Astrology)

Despite anti-immigrant rhetoric and policy proposals from the Trump Administration, immigration has been a tremendous driver of prosperity and growth for the United States. While the federal government has jurisdiction over major immigration issues, state and local officials have opportunities to support immigrant populations and to ensure their communities are welcoming for talented people, wherever their place of birth. Join a discussion about those opportunities with Mark Ranneberger from Fwd.us, Laura Capps from the National Immigration Forum, and Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza.

Increasing Voter Turnout (Engraving)

Voting is among the most fundamental rights in our democracy and among the most important civic responsibilities of citizens, yet voter turnout in elections is often disturbingly low and we have seen states across the country enact policies that make it harder to vote. This session will explore ways for state and local leaders to address these trends and support efforts that encourage, rather than discourage, more people to participate. The discussion will be co-led by Let America Vote Executive Director Abe Rakov and California Secretary of State Alex Padilla, who has been traveling his state to promote his pre-registration initiative for 16- and 17-year olds.

Session Two, Wednesday 11:30 – 12:45 am

Combatting the Opioid Crisis (Astrology)

The opioid addiction epidemic has ravaged families and communities across the country, without any discrimination of who is victimized. This crisis has huge implications for a vast range of public policy, including public health, criminal justice, and education. Join Palm Beach County FL State’s Attorney Dave Aronberg and Founder of 17a Annie Rittgers for a discussion on the role policymakers and technology can play in addressing the opioid epidemic.

Modernizing the Safety Net (Spanish)

With the nature of work changing dramatically, there has never been a more important time to modernize America’s safety net for workers and families. Join Oregon Treasurer Tobias Read and Small Business Majority’s John Arensmeyer to discuss ideas for strengthening the social safety net from the 21st century from encouraging retirement savings to implementing family leave policies.

Regulating Emerging Technologies (Scrapbooking)

As we have seen repeatedly in the digital age, new technology has the potential to vastly improve our quality of life and create countless new jobs. Government has the opportunity to encourage these improvements, but also a responsibility to ensure the public’s safety and security as the way they buy and receive services changes dramatically. In this session, CALinnovates’ Kish Rajan, Postmates’ Vikrum Aiyer, and Colorado Representative Jeff Bridges will lead a conversation about how different states and localities are approaching a new regulatory framework for emerging technologies such as autonomous vehicles, ridesharing, and Airbnb.

Smart Communities (Personal – Couch Area)

Across the nation, cities and metro regions are working to better collect, aggregate, and use data to improve government services. Microsoft’s Mariko Davidson and Charles Belle of SFTechDems will focus on how digital tools can help governments better deliver key services and empower citizens, and how some leaders are finding ways to harness these tools effectively.

Looking Around the Corner: Tech Trends of the Future (Engraving)

The digital revolution has transformed every part of society and the one constant about the technologies we use has been changing. Join Maryland State Delegate Andrew Platt and a representative from the venture capital industry, to hear about new trends in technology, as well as what to expect next, and to discuss the impact of public policies on encouraging innovations that have profound effects on quality of life in the digital age.

2017 Summit Speakers

Vikram Aiyer

Vikrum Aiyer was a senior official in the Obama Administration, most recently serving as Chief of Staff to the Under Secretary of Commerce and as President Barack Obama’s senior advisor for innovation and manufacturing policy in The White House. Presently he leads strategic communications and public policy for the on-demand logistics and delivery platform, Postmates Inc.  Aiyer separately serves on Vice President Biden’s Cancer Moonshot Taskforce, to accelerate progress towards a cure.  As a former press & communications advisor to Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) and District of Columbia Mayor Adrian Fenty (D), Aiyer has managed strategic communications campaigns and led speech writing teams for Congress, federal agencies, and trade associations, including the State Department, the White House Initiative on Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders and the Democratic National Conventions in 2012 and 2016.  In 2015 Forbes Magazine named Aiyer to the 30 Under 30 list for Law & Policy.

John Arensmeyer

John Arensmeyer is the Founder & CEO of Small Business Majority, a national small business advocacy organization, founded and run by small business owners to ensure America’s entrepreneurs are a key part of an inclusive, equitable, and diverse economy. John has used his long experience as a business owner to build Small Business Majority into the leading advocate for critical public policy issues facing America’s entrepreneurs—particularly healthcare, access to capital, taxes, retirement/asset building, and numerous workforce issues. In the past few years, John has spearheaded the growth of Small Business Majority’s Entrepreneurship Program, providing critical practical resources to our nation’s 28 million small businesses.

Mayor Megan Barry

Nashville

In 2015, following eight years of service on the Metropolitan Council, Megan Barry was elected the first woman mayor of Metro Nashville on a platform of being a pro-business progressive who would keep Nashville moving forward. In 2016, Barry worked with labor organizations and the business community to create the Nashville Construction Readiness Partnership, a pre-apprenticeship program and employee database that will connect local workers to training for good-paying construction jobs during Nashville’s building boom, while helping developers find local workers for their job sites.  To connect youth to opportunity and hope, Barry created Opportunity NOW, a youth employment initiative with a goal of putting 10,000 of Nashville’s youth aged 14-24 into paid, meaningful jobs or internships in the public and private sectors. Barry has also sought to address the lack of affordable housing by investing $10 million per year for low-income housing opportunities and creating the Housing Incentive Pilot Program (HIPP), which is designed to encourage mixed-income rental housing options throughout the community. In addition to these initiatives, Mayor Barry has remained focus on investing in Nashville’s public schools, building better transit infrastructure, and promoting public safety in a way that improves the quality of life for all.

Senator Mark Begich

Former Senator Mark Begich (Alaska) served in the United States Senate from 2009 to 2015.  Before his election as Senator, he served as the Mayor of Anchorage for six years, and in the Anchorage Assembly from 1988 to 1998. In the Senate, his experience both as a businessman and as a long-serving public official led to a unique and pragmatic approach that helped him deliver results. Mark broke down bureaucratic barriers to critical energy development projects, was an advocate for veterans on health care access – particularly in rural communities, and also worked extensively on other energy, education, and housing issues.

Charles Belle

Charles Belle is the founder and CEO of Startup Policy Lab (SPL), a nonprofit that seeks to inform better public policy driven by emergent technology. Charles works in the area of legal informatics – applying technology to collect, organize, manage, and leverage legal information in new ways. His goal is to redevelop the information channels that shape law and government by building tools to make public policy more data-driven and innovative. Before Startup Policy Lab, Charles was the Executive Director of the Institute for Innovation Law at UC, Hastings, College of the Law, where he also served as the Director of the Privacy Project. As Executive Director, Charles designed the Startup Legal Garage — a program that partnered students with law firms to provide pro bono legal services to startups. In a previous life, he was a consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton, where he designed future warfare scenarios (war games) as part of the Technology Group. Outside of work, Charles serves as an appointed public member on the City and County of San Francisco’s Committee on Information Technology (COIT).

Matt Bennett

Matt Bennett is the Senior Vice President for Public Affairs and a co-founder of Third Way, a centrist think tank that offers fresh thinking and modern solutions to the most challenging problems in U.S. public policy. His pursuit of center-left politics has taken him from the campaign trail to the White House, and from the pages of The New York Times to appearances on Meet the Press and 60 Minutes. He served as Deputy Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs in the Clinton White House, where he teamed up with state governors to tackle issues ranging from disaster response to Medicaid to immigration. In addition, he traveled with Vice President Al Gore as part of his White House staff, orchestrated a groundbreaking public affairs campaign for Americans for Gun Safety, and oversaw a national PR strategy as the Communications Director for the Clark for President Campaign.

Congressman Ami Bera

The same values that inspired Dr. Ami Bera to pursue medicine drove him to run for office — creating opportunity for all Americans, and that if you work hard and play by the rules, you should get ahead. Currently, in his third term, Dr. Bera was first elected to represent California’s 7th Congressional District in November 2012.  Before that, he served Sacramento County for 21 years as a doctor, as Sacramento County’s Chief Medical Officer, and then as a Clinical Professor of Medicine at UC Davis. Dr. Bera is working with lawmakers from both parties on commonsense policies to move America forward, including increased access to better health care for America’s patients, slashing red tape for small businesses, and cutting taxes for middle-class families. He serves as the Vice-Ranking Member on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and as the Ranking Member on the Space Subcommittee of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee. Dr. Bera lives in Elk Grove, CA with his wife, Janine, and his daughter, Sydra (when she’s home from college).

Colorado Representative Jeff Bridges

As a member of the Colorado State House, Jeff Bridges represents the same part of town where he coached a swim team, worked a high school job at Laser Storm and attended public school K-12. His constituents include former teachers and doctors, friends from high school, and even his parents. In his first session in the State House, Bridges passed bipartisan legislation to improve the lives of everyday Coloradans by shortening wait times at the DMV, protecting free speech on college campuses, and welcoming the regulated testing of autonomous vehicles—or as the Drudge Report calls them, “headless Ubers.”  In a chamber full of lawyers, Jeff Bridges is the only Colorado State Representative with a Master of Divinity degree. Before running for office Bridges put that degree to work as the head of public affairs at Union Theological Seminary, where he helped keep a Hobby Lobby-style religious exemption out of an executive order that banned LGBT discrimination. As an aide to Colorado’s own Ken Salazar in the US Senate, Bridges received a letter from a constituent whose friend had been killed by an IED. In response, Bridges built a bipartisan coalition to save a program that’s still protecting the lives of our military men and women overseas. Bridges met his brilliant wife AnnMarie at Harvard’s admitted students day when she spotted his cowboy boots from across the room.

Laura Capps

As a former White House speechwriter, communications director for Senators Edward M. Kennedy and John Kerry, Laura Capps has spent 20 years developing strategic communications and issue advocacy campaigns for progressive advocacy organizations and national public officials. In 2016 she began a four-year term as a Member of the Santa Barbara School Board and runs her own public affairs practice called Mission Partners. Her primary focus is on five issue areas:  immigration, climate, food systems, poverty, and education.  Clients include Share Our Strength, National Immigration Forum, Airbnb, the Clinton Foundation’s Alliance for a Healthier Generation, NewDEAL, Golden State Opportunity Foundation, the Santa Barbara Food Action Plan, and the digital magazine, OZY.

Santa Cruz County Supervisor Ryan Coonerty

Ryan Coonerty was elected to the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors in 2014. He previously served as the Mayor of Santa Cruz where he successfully brought together labor union members, social service providers, environmentalists, and local business people to promote innovative strategies to improve the quality of life. Some of his efforts have received national attention, including creating an Ayuda Linea (Help Line) for day laborers to report incidents of abuse, investing the City’s reserve funds locally to spur the local economy, and authoring an ordinance that allows dense, for-sale housing which will provide affordable housing for teachers, city workers, firefighters, and police.  Ryan is also the co-founder and chief strategist for NextSpace Coworking + Innovation and is implementing a new model for local and regional economic development to help citizens transition, start businesses, and live sustainably. Ryan has presented recommendations for other elected officials on how to replicate this model in communities across the country.

Mariko Davidson

As San Francisco’s Civic Partnerships Manager, Mariko builds cross-sector city initiatives to leverage technology for the public good. For the past 10 years, she’s worked with cities, specializing in governance, data policy, and transportation. Prior to Microsoft, Mariko started the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Open Data Initiative. She also served in the Boston Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics. Previously, she worked with cities across the Asia Pacific with the East-West Center and in India with the ITDP. She holds a Master’s in City Planning from MIT.

Stephen DeBerry

Stephen DeBerry makes and manages investments that align strong financial returns with positive social impact. He is the founder of Bronze Investments and formerly a partner at Kapor Capital, Investment Director at Omidyar Network, and Trustee and Member of the Investment Committee at The California Endowment. He is the Founder and General Partner of the Bronze Venture Fund. Stephen earned a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology with the highest honors from UCLA as well as a Master’s in Social Anthropology and MBA degrees from The University of Oxford. He is a Marshall Scholar and Aspen Institute Henry Crown Fellow who Ebony Magazine and The Root/Washington Post named one of the 100 most powerful African-Americans in the US. In 2013 he was a member of Expedition Denali, the first African-American mountaineering team to ascend Denali, the highest mountain in North America. The film An American Ascent documents that expedition. He lives in the San Francisco bay area with his wife and two daughters.

Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza

Mayor Jorge O. Elorza was born in Providence and grew up in the city’s West End. After graduating from Classical High School, he earned his bachelor’s degree from URI and worked as an auditor on Wall Street. He received his Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School in 2003.  Elorza returned to Providence and worked as an attorney for RI Legal Services. In 2005, he became faculty at RWU Law School where he litigated public interest cases and co-founded the Latino Policy Institute.  In 2010, Elorza was appointed to the Providence Housing Court, where he served until 2013. Elorza was elected as Providence’s 38th Mayor and took office in 2015. Elorza is focused on turning Providence around by creating economic opportunity for all, public services that work for everyone, and innovative, ethical City government. From developing Providence’s waterfront to his plan to eliminate the blight of abandoned properties, Mayor Elorza is ensuring Providence is positioned to succeed.

Evan Engstrom

Evan Engstrom is the Executive Director of Engine, a non-profit advocacy and research organization that promotes pro-startup public policy. Prior to joining Engine, Evan was an attorney at Farella Braun + Martel in San Francisco, focusing on copyright and other intellectual property litigation matters. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Steve Glickman

Steve Glickman is Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Economic Innovation Group. As Executive Director, Steve is responsible for the successful leadership, management, and strategic direction of EIG. He has served in various policy, political, and legal roles for over 15 years, including senior economic advisor at the White House under President Barack Obama, special advisor to the U.S. Department of Commerce, and counsel to former Congressman Henry Waxman. Glickman also serves as a board member for the NewDEAL.

Kate Gordon

Kate Gordon is a nationally recognized expert on the intersection of clean energy and economic development. She currently serves as Senior Strategist for Tech4America as well as Senior Advisor for the Paulson Institute, where she provides overall strategy and coordination for the Institute’s climate change and sustainable urbanization programs both in the US and China. She is also a nonresident Fellow at the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University and a regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal as one of the paper’s “Energy Experts.” Before joining the Paulson Institute, she was the Founding Director of the “Risky Business Project,” co-chaired by Michael Bloomberg, Henry Paulson, and Tom Steyer, and focused on the economic risks the U.S. faces from unmitigated climate change. She serves on the boards of Vote Solar, Center for Carbon Removal, and the American Jobs Project.

Marci Harris

Marci Harris is the Co-Founder and CEO of PopVox, a civic engagement tool that connects citizens with the government. A former Congressional staffer and lawyer, Marci Harris says that her “first startup was a town,” as she led Jackson, TN’s rebuilding efforts following a 2004 tornado. Marci serves on the board of LaunchTN and CityInnovate, the advisory boards of VoteRunLead and Citizinvestor, and is a mentor at theCO in Jackson, Tennessee. She was named one of Fast Company magazine’s Top 100 Most Creative People in Business (2012), received a Tribeca Film Festival Award for Creative Disruption (2012), and was listed as one of DC’s “Tech Titans” by Washingtonian magazine (2013), a 2013 “FastCase 50,” and a 2014 “Digital Citizen of the Year.” She was an inaugural Technology and Democracy Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government’s Ash Center in 2016 and is currently a New America California Fellow.

Chris Kelly

Chris Kelly is a Silicon Valley attorney with a long track record of building innovative companies and making the Internet a safer place for kids and adults alike. As the first Chief Privacy Officer, General Counsel, and Head of Global Public Policy for Facebook, Chris’s development of the site’s safety and security policies are credited as critical elements in the company’s success. Chris left Facebook in 2009 to seek the Democratic nomination for Attorney General of California, garnering 16 percent of the vote in a seven-way race. Since the June 2010 primary, he has become an active investor in companies seeking transformational improvements in technology, media, and finance. In 2013, Chris joined a group of California investors who purchased the Sacramento Kings of the NBA. As a member of the group’s executive board, he contributes his expertise in technology and management to basketball operations as well as the team’s development of the Golden1 Center. Chris also serves on the Board of Directors for the San Francisco 49ers Academy, an alternative public middle school in East Palo Alto, and as Chair of the New Leaders Council, a nationwide leadership training program for young progressives.

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee

The first Chinese-American mayor in the history of San Francisco, Edwin M. Lee is proud to represent a city famous for its creative spirit, open and welcoming residents, and long tradition of pursuing creative solutions for the challenges of today.  Since Mayor Lee took office in 2010, San Francisco has added 140,000 jobs, helping drop unemployment below three percent. In 2014, Mayor Lee pledged to create 30,000 new and rehabilitated housing units by 2020, of which 50 percent would be affordable to working and middle-class families. So far, more than 17,000 units have come online for local residents. Under his watch, San Franciscans approved two major bond measures to help fund transportation infrastructure projects, and he authorized the Transportation Sustainability Fee, which will generate $1.2 billion for public transit initiatives over the next 30 years.  He has championed responsible pro-growth policies that benefit all residents, from attracting major corporations to San Francisco like Salesforce and Twitter to supporting local legacy businesses through his Invest in Neighborhood initiative.

Dan’l Lewin

Dan’l Lewin is a Corporate Vice President at Microsoft, leading the company’s work in applying technology for the public good. Collaborating cross-company and with external partners, the team focuses on scalable impact within a portfolio spanning campaign and civic technologies, affordable internet access, environmental sustainability, and collaboration with leading research universities.  Previously, Lewin led the company’s global engagement with startups and venture capitalists and business relationships with strategic industry partners. Lewin reports to Microsoft President Brad Smith and also has executive and site responsibility for the company’s operations in Silicon Valley.  Lewin has spent more than 30 years as a Silicon Valley-based executive. His previous experience included leading the initial launch of the Macintosh to higher education for Apple Computer, Inc, as a founder of NeXT, Inc, and leading sales and marketing for GO Corp. Before joining Microsoft in 2001, he was CEO of Aurigin Systems, Inc.  Lewin serves on the boards of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, World Business Chicago, UI Labs, Advanced Energy Economy, Technology Alliance, and the Tech Museum of Innovation. He is also on the Advisory Council for the Department of Politics at Princeton University. Lewin holds an AB in politics from Princeton University.

Manan Mehta

Dan’l Lewin is a Corporate Vice President at Microsoft, leading the company’s work in applying technology for the public good. Collaborating cross-company and with external partners, the team focuses on scalable impact within a portfolio spanning campaign and civic technologies, affordable internet access, environmental sustainability, and collaboration with leading research universities.  Previously, Lewin led the company’s global engagement with startups and venture capitalists and business relationships with strategic industry partners. Lewin reports to Microsoft President Brad Smith and also has executive and site responsibility for the company’s operations in Silicon Valley.  Lewin has spent more than 30 years as a Silicon Valley-based executive. His previous experience included leading the initial launch of the Macintosh to higher education for Apple Computer, Inc, as a founder of NeXT, Inc, and leading sales and marketing for GO Corp. Before joining Microsoft in 2001, he was CEO of Aurigin Systems, Inc.  Lewin serves on the boards of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, World Business Chicago, UI Labs, Advanced Energy Economy, Technology Alliance, and the Tech Museum of Innovation. He is also on the Advisory Council for the Department of Politics at Princeton University. Lewin holds an AB in politics from Princeton University.

Greg Nelson

Greg recently joined Parker Media and the Parker Foundation to lead strategy and business operations.  Greg previously spent six years at the Obama White House as a senior leader in the economic policy, clean energy, technology, and strategic partnerships teams.  During his tenure at the White House, Greg’s policy portfolio included international trade, economic policy, and US participation in the G7 and G20, infrastructure, technology policy, clean energy, entrepreneurship, and startups. Greg was also the chief of staff at the National Economic Council for director Gene Sperling, the deputy director of the White House Office of Public Engagement, and the deputy director of the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness. Prior to the White House, Greg helped build and sell a technology company, developed startups in energy and biomaterials, and consulted for businesses, nonprofits, and foundations. He holds a BA in political science and history from Yale University.

California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom

Gavin Newsom was elected as the 49th Lieutenant Governor of California in 2010. Newsom’s top priorities are economic development (creating jobs and reducing poverty), education (increasing affordable access to quality schools at all levels), protecting the environment, and justice – ensuring California continues to lead by example while actively resisting any attempt by the Trump administration to take us backward. On a wide range of topics, Newsom has stuck his neck out and did the right thing, which has often led to sweeping changes when his policies were ultimately accepted, embraced, and replicated across the state and nation. Newsom served as Mayor of San Francisco from 1997-2010, where he courageously pioneered a number of progressive reforms, including universal healthcare for all city residents, fighting homelessness, and declaring San Francisco as a sanctuary city for undocumented immigrants.

California Secretary of State Alex Padilla

Alex Padilla was sworn in as California Secretary of State on January 5, 2015. He is committed to modernizing the office, increasing voter registration and participation, and strengthening voting rights.  Padilla previously served in the California State Senate (2006-2014) where he chaired the Committee on Energy, Utilities, and Communications. As chair, he shepherded legislation to combat climate change and create a greener and more sustainable economy. He pursued an ambitious agenda in the areas of renewable energy, energy efficiency, smart grid, and broadband deployment.  In 1999, at the age of 26, Padilla was elected to the Los Angeles City Council to represent the same east San Fernando Valley community where he grew up. In 2001, his colleagues elected him to the first of three terms as Council President, becoming the youngest member and the first Latino to serve in this capacity.  Padilla currently serves as President of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO), a non-partisan organization made up of more than 6,000 federal, state, and local officials dedicated to all aspects of civic engagement.

Jennifer Pahlka

Jennifer Pahlka is the founder and executive director of Code for America, a national non-profit that believes that government can work for the people, by the people, if we all help. She recently served as the US Deputy Chief Technology Officer in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, where she architected and helped start the United States Digital Service. She is known for her TED talk, Coding a Better Government, and the recipient of several awards, including MIT’s Kevin Lynch Award, the Oxford Internet Institute’s Internet and Society Award, and the National Democratic Institute’s Democracy Award. She spent eight years at CMP Media, where she ran the Game Developers Conference, Game Developer magazine, Gamasutra.com, and the Independent Games Festival. Previously, she ran the Web 2.0 and Gov 2.0 events for TechWeb, in conjunction with O’Reilly Media. She is a graduate of Yale University and lives in Oakland, Calif. with her daughter, husband, and six chickens.

Maryland Delegate Andrew Platt

Andrew Platt was elected Delegate to the Maryland House of Delegates in 2014. He is a first-generation college graduate who worked his way through school. After graduating, Andrew went to work for Donna Brazile, the Vice-Chair of Voter Registration and Participation for the Democratic National Committee. Andrew then got a job on Capitol Hill working for the House Democratic Caucus, the legislative and communications hub for House Democrats. As a staffer for the Caucus, Andrew worked to help advance legislation to create jobs, grow our middle class, and protect Social Security and Medicare from drastic cuts. While working full-time on Capitol Hill, Andrew went to graduate school at night and received his Master’s degree.

Abe Rakov

Abe Rakov is the Executive Director of Let America Vote. In 2016, Abe served as the campaign manager for Jason Kander’s U.S. Senate campaign in Missouri, overseeing an effort that raised $13 million while overperforming the presidential campaign by 16 points. He served as Missouri Deputy Secretary of State from 2013-2015, managing a 245-employee government agency with a $45 million annual budget across four offices. Abe ran Jason Kander’s successful campaign for Secretary of State in 2012, a campaign that overperformed the presidential ticket by nearly 10 points, and prior to that was Communications Director for Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC). After working on local campaigns after graduating from Northwestern University in 2008, Abe worked as the Deputy Director of Communications and Policy for Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan from 2009-2011. He lives in Washington, D.C.

Kish Rajan

Kish Rajan has a 20-year track record of success in government and the private sector. He began his public sector career on Capitol Hill as an aide to Senator Barbara Boxer and then later to Phil Angelides who went on to become California State Treasurer. Kish then built a 14-year career in the private sector as a business development executive in mobile technology managing vital business partnerships that created hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars of shareholder value. In 2012, he was appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown to lead the newly formed Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO Biz). During Kish’s tenure at GO Biz, California grew substantially, once again becoming the world’s 7th largest economy. In 2015, Kish returned to the private sector to lead advocacy efforts to modernize and grow California’s economy through his role at CALinnovates as its Chief Evangelist.

Mark Ranneberger

Mark Ranneberger is the Northern California Director at FWD.us, a bipartisan organization started by key leaders in the tech and business community to promote policies to keep the United States and its citizens competitive in a global economy, starting with commonsense immigration reform and criminal justice reform. He was previously the Senior Product Operations Specialist at Uber and a co-Founder at RBB Holdings LLC. Ranneberger believes in the importance of embracing a willingness to explore the less-traveled path in search of the best solutions to our many pressing challenges, both in industry and in government.

Oregon Treasurer Tobias Read

Treasurer Tobias Read understands that financial empowerment, wise investments, and sound management are foundational to the quality of life and economic opportunities for Oregonians, and key for the long-term vitality of our state. In 2015, he was a chief sponsor of the Oregon Retirement Savings Plan, which will be the first operating state-sponsored retirement program when it launches in mid-2017.  Prior to his election as Oregon’s 29th State Treasurer, Tobias had served for a decade in the Oregon House of Representatives, where he championed legislation to invest in public education, improve state financial management, finance critical infrastructure improvements, and help Oregonians save for a more secure future. He has also worked in the U.S. Treasury and as a liaison between designers, engineers, and manufacturing units for Nike Inc.

Annie Rittgers

Annie Rittgers founded and runs 17a, a boutique consulting firm focused on better public service delivery. 17a does strategy, program design, and data-driven operations work for public sector groups and private sector partners that interface heavily with the government.  Next month, 17a is hosting “Hacking Heroin Cincinnati,” a hackathon focused on bringing new groups together to build better tools to fight the opiate epidemic in Southern Ohio.  Annie started 17a to bring top talent to the most complex regulatory and program design problems in the public sector.  She holds a JD/MBA from Harvard University and a BA from Dartmouth College.

Todd Rufo

Todd Rufo is the Director of the San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD), whose mission is to create shared prosperity for all San Franciscans by growing good jobs, training and connecting residents to those jobs, supporting our small businesses, creating great places to live and work, and helping constituents achieve economic self-sufficiency. OEWD provides city-wide leadership for workforce development, business development, neighborhood economic development, film, international business, small business, and development planning. Appointed by San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee in 2012, Todd previously worked in economic development for the City of New York and San Jose.

Arkansas Representative Warwick Sabin

As the State Representative for District 33, Warwick also holds the position of Assistant Speaker Pro Tempore for the 90th General Assembly. Both Arkansas Democrat-Gazette columnist John Brummett as well as Talk Business Quarterly named Warwick among the top ten legislators of the 2013 legislative session, and the Arkansas Times called him the “Freshman of the session”. In 2014, he was among 24 national political leaders awarded the Rodel Fellowship by the Aspen Institute for his “outstanding ability to work responsibly across partisan divisions and bring greater civility to public discourse.”  Before assuming his position at the Innovation Hub, Warwick was publisher of the Oxford American magazine, and in 2009 he was named to the FOLIO:40, a list of the 40 most influential people in the national magazine industry. His additional professional experience includes serving as director of development for the Clinton Foundation, as well as working on Capitol Hill, at the White House, and at Foreign Affairs magazine. He is a Marshall Scholar and a Truman Scholar, and he holds an M.A. in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from Oxford University and a B.A. (summa cum laude) in Political Science from the University of Arkansas, where he graduated as valedictorian and was president of the student body. He received the University of Arkansas Young Alumni Award in 2005 and was named to the Arkansas Business “40 Under 40” in 2003, and he has volunteered and served on the boards of directors for numerous community and nonprofit organizations and projects in Little Rock.

Kamran Saddique

Kamran Saddique is the co-founder and Executive Director of the City Innovate Foundation, and recently launched Superpublic with the Mayor’s Office of San Francisco, UC Berkeley, and the General Services Administration. Kamran is also a Board Member of the Presidio Graduate School. Much of Kamran’s professional experience is in financial engineering around new technology ventures, including smart city initiatives. Previously, he served as a Partner and Co-Founder to Inside Investor, a media and venture capital firm. Prior to that, he served as head of investments to a company owned by one of the royal family members in Abu Dhabi, UAE, and as an investment banker (VP of Private Equity) for Convergence Capital in the Dubai International Financial Centre.

Joseph Sanberg

Joseph N. Sanberg is a public and private-sector entrepreneur and investor harnessing the power of innovation to improve the quality of life for all. He is Co-Founder and Chair of the Board of Advisors for Aspiration.com, an online financial firm with a conscience – created for everyone. Sanberg believes entrepreneurs have an important role to play in improving public policy and encouraging public service and is actively involved in a range of fast-growing companies, including Bright Funds, which helps consumers support the causes they care about.

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf

Since her elections to the Oakland city council and subsequently the mayor’s office, Libby has worked tirelessly to build a safer city, increase government transparency and efficiency, empower residents, and strengthen Oakland neighborhoods. Libby’s leadership has led to reforms that have modernized government technology and made government more transparent and accountable, increased public access to information, and saved taxpayer dollars. Libby strongly believes that a more open and efficient government means a better government.

Kristy Wang

Kristy Wang leads SPUR’s work in community planning and housing, splitting her time between San Francisco and San Jose. Her focus includes neighborhood planning, housing policy and project review in San Francisco, and housing policy and urban village plans in San Jose. Prior to joining SPUR, Kristy was a project manager at BRIDGE Housing Corporation, one of California’s largest affordable housing developers, where she worked all around the Bay Area, including on projects in the three central cities of San Francisco, San Jose, and Oakland. She currently sits on the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation Board of Directors.

Senator Mark Warner

Mark Warner was elected to the U.S. Senate in November 2008 and reelected in 2014. In his first term in the Senate, Senator Warner established himself as a national leader in efforts to find bipartisan consensus to create balanced solutions to reduce the federal debt and deficit. He also is a leader in Congress in efforts to promote private-sector innovation and to help our nation’s small businesses and start-up companies succeed. From 2002 to 2006, Senator Warner served as Governor of Virginia, where he worked in a bipartisan way to turn record budget deficits into a surplus. Governor Warner also focused on improving public education and expanding economic opportunities in every region of the state. Before entering public office, Senator Warner was an early investor in the cellular telephone business. He co-founded the company that became Nextel and ultimately made early investments in hundreds of start-up technology companies that have created tens of thousands of private-sector jobs.

Caroline Whistler

Caroline Whistler is the CEO and co-founder of Third Sector Capital Partners, Inc., where she leads the firm’s work with state and local jurisdictions to drive government funding to outcomes-oriented programs that measurably improve lives. Under her leadership, the Third Sector has launched six of the nation’s Pay for Success projects and developed partnerships with New Profit, Ballmer Group, Kresge Foundation, and Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality. In 2016, her expertise in outcomes contracting and passion for public sector innovation was recognized by the Chronicle of Philanthropy (“40 Under 40”) and by Living Cities (“25 Disruptive Leaders”). Prior to Third Sector, Caroline researched nonprofit sustainability in Brazil as a Fulbright Fellow and structured growth capital campaigns that raised over $320 million for nonprofits at the Nonprofit Finance Fund.

Andrew Yang

Andrew is the Founder and CEO of Venture for America and has worked in startups and early-stage growth companies as a founder or executive for more than twelve years. He was the CEO and President of Manhattan GMAT, a test prep company that was acquired by the Washington Post/Kaplan in 2009. He has also served as the co-founder of an Internet company and an executive at a health care software startup. Andrew has been selected by the White House as a Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship and a Champion of Change for his work with Venture for America. He is the author of “Smart People Should Build Things,” published by Harper Business. He was named one of Fast Company’s “100 Most Creative People in Business,” and has appeared on CNBC, Morning Joe, Fox News, TIME, Techcrunch, the Wall St. Journal, and more. He is a graduate of Columbia Law and Brown University and lives in New York City with his wife and two sons.

Marco Zappacosta

Marco Zappacosta is the Co-Founder and CEO of Thumbtack, a local services marketplace that connects customers with more than 250,000 active, skilled professionals in more than 1,000 categories across all 50 states. Marco appeared on the Forbes 2015 30 under 30 lists and was also recently recognized on Glassdoor’s Highest Rated CEO list. Marco started Thumbtack with co-founders Jonathan Swanson and Sander Daniels after graduating from Columbia University, where he majored in political science. He and his wife live in San Francisco. His favorite personal Thumbtack project completed is hiring a caterer for his wife’s birthday dinner.

Attorney Dave Aronberg

West Palm Beach, Florida State

Elected State Attorney for Palm Beach County, Florida, in November 2012, Dave Aronberg leads an office of 120 prosecutors with more than 120,000 cases each year. As State Attorney, Dave has overseen a dramatic improvement in conviction rates; a reduction in the “direct filing” of juveniles into adult court; an expansion of drug court and veterans court, which emphasize rehabilitation over incarceration; and the creation of innovative diversion programs for first-time domestic violence and DUI offenders that have reduced recidivism rates and saved taxpayer dollars. Before his current office, Dave served as a Florida State Senator (2002-10) and a White House Fellow (2000-01) in the U.S. Treasury Department.

Representative Loranne Ausley

Florida

Loranne Ausley was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2016 where she serves on the Commerce and Ways and Means Committees, as well as subcommittees on the environment, agriculture, and regulated industries. Loranne previously represented Florida’s Capital City in the same seat from 2000-2008 before retiring due to term limits. Ausley is also an attorney with Hollimon PA – a small Tallahassee firm. During her time in the Florida House, Loranne has established herself as an independent-minded leader unafraid to take on tough problems and find real solutions. Loranne is a sixth-generation Floridian who has held senior positions in federal and state government, working closely with some of Florida’s most respected leaders including Bob Graham, and Lawton Chiles. Loranne is active in a number of local, state, and national organizations. She was instrumental in creating Whole Child Leon, a community-based initiative focused on young children and their families. Loranne graduated from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College with degrees in Economics and Politics and earned her J.D. from the Washington & Lee University School of Law in Lexington, Virginia. She lives in Tallahassee, Florida with her husband Bill Hollimon and son, Will, age 14. Loranne is a runner and triathlete, and a two-time Ironman finisher (Chattanooga, 2016; Florida 2007).

Mayor Megan Barry

Nashville, Tennessee

In 2015, following eight years of service on the Metropolitan Council, Megan Barry was elected the first woman mayor of Metro Nashville on a platform of being a pro-business progressive who would keep Nashville moving forward. In 2016, Barry worked with labor organizations and the business community to create the Nashville Construction Readiness Partnership, a pre-apprenticeship program and employee database that will connect local workers to training for good-paying construction jobs during Nashville’s building boom, while helping developers find local workers for their job sites. To connect youth to opportunity and hope, Barry created Opportunity NOW, a youth employment initiative with a goal of putting 10,000 of Nashville’s youth aged 14-24 into paid, meaningful jobs or internships in the public and private sectors. Barry has also sought to address the lack of affordable housing by investing $10 million per year for low-income housing opportunities and creating the Housing Incentive Pilot Program (HIPP), which is designed to encourage mixed-income rental housing options throughout the community. In addition to these initiatives, Mayor Barry has remained focus on investing in Nashville’s public schools, building better transit infrastructure, and promoting public safety in a way that improves the quality of life for all.

Representative Jeff Bridges

Colorado

As a member of the Colorado State House, Jeff Bridges represents the same part of town where he coached a swim team, worked a high school job at Laser Storm and attended public school K-12. His constituents include former teachers and doctors, friends from high school, and even his parents. In his first session in the State House, Bridges passed bipartisan legislation to improve the lives of everyday Coloradans by shortening wait times at the DMV, protecting free speech on college campuses, and welcoming the regulated testing of autonomous vehicles—or as the Drudge Report calls them, “headless Ubers.”  In a chamber full of lawyers, Jeff Bridges is the only Colorado State Representative with a Master of Divinity degree. Before running for office Bridges put that degree to work as the head of public affairs at Union Theological Seminary, where he helped keep a Hobby Lobby-style religious exemption out of an executive order that banned LGBT discrimination. As an aide to Colorado’s own Ken Salazar in the US Senate, Bridges received a letter from a constituent whose friend had been killed by an IED. In response, Bridges built a bipartisan coalition to save a program that’s still protecting the lives of our military men and women overseas. Bridges met his brilliant wife AnnMarie at Harvard’s admitted students day when she spotted his cowboy boots from across the room.

Supervisor Ryan Coonerty

Santa Cruz County, CA

Ryan Coonerty was elected to the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors in 2014. He previously served as the Mayor of Santa Cruz where he successfully brought together labor union members, social service providers, environmentalists, and local business people to promote innovative strategies to improve the quality of life. Some of his efforts have received national attention, including creating an Ayuda Linea (Help Line) for day laborers to report incidents of abuse, investing the City’s reserve funds locally to spur the local economy, and authoring an ordinance that allows dense, for-sale housing which will provide affordable housing for teachers, city workers, firefighters, and police.  Ryan is also the co-founder and chief strategist for NextSpace Coworking + Innovation and is implementing a new model for local and regional economic development to help citizens transition, start businesses, and live sustainably. Ryan has presented recommendations for other elected officials on how to replicate this model in communities across the country.

Alabama House Minority Leader Anthony Daniel

Alabama

Anthony Daniels currently represents the 53rd District in the Alabama State House of Representatives and is the youngest and first African American Minority Leader of the Alabama House of Representatives. Rep. Daniels is proud to be part of what NewDEAL stands for and he looks forward to helping his district, state, and nation grow by sharing ideas with like-minded people. A progressive economic plan is How We Grow in Alabama. His Growler Bill, passed in 2016, allows local microbreweries to sell growlers, increase revenue, and hire people, basically a small business expansion bill. He and his colleagues introduced a Farm to schools bill. This bill gives local farmers an opportunity to sell directly to school systems, up to 150,000 worth of food and produce. Together with his fellow progressive leaders, he will continue to push for smart, pro-growth policies that benefit all Americans.

Mayor Jorge Elorza

Providence, RI

Mayor Jorge O. Elorza was born in Providence and grew up in the city’s West End. After graduating from Classical High School, he earned his bachelor’s degree from URI and worked as an auditor on Wall Street. He received his Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School in 2003. Elorza returned to Providence and worked as an attorney for RI Legal Services. In 2005, he became faculty at RWU Law School where he litigated public interest cases and co-founded the Latino Policy Institute. In 2010, Elorza was appointed to the Providence Housing Court, where he served until 2013. Elorza was elected as Providence’s 38th Mayor and took office in 2015. Elorza is focused on turning Providence around by creating economic opportunity for all, public services that work for everyone, and an innovative, ethical City government. From developing Providence’s waterfront to his plan to eliminate the blight of abandoned properties, Mayor Elorza is ensuring Providence is positioned to succeed.

Idaho House Minority Leader Mat Erpelding

Mat has served in the Idaho House of Representatives since 2012 and is currently the House Minority Leader. He’s focused his work on conservation and public lands issues, rural infrastructure development (rural teacher recruitment, medical residency programs, and broadband development), multimodal transportation issues including safe routes to school, and economic development. As a professional mountain guide, Rep. Erpelding is a tireless advocate for conserving our natural environment and for programs that encourage young Idahoans to get outside. He has advocated for an Idaho Youth Conservation Corps and believes that experience in the outdoors is essential to protecting our most valuable resources. Mat is a past president of the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education, and in 2010 was a recipient of the Idaho Business Review’s 40 most accomplished under 40 award.

Treasurer Mike Frerichs

Illinois

Mike Frerichs was elected Illinois State Treasurer in 2014. As an Illinois State Senator from 2008 to 2014, he served an active voice on behalf of Illinois’ farming community as Chairman of the Agricultural Committee, advocating for advancements in clean biofuels. During his time in the legislature, Mike focused on a number of ideas to spur economic growth. He led an effort to improve tax incentives that encourage businesses to locate in high unemployment areas; he worked to increase science and math education standards in Illinois high schools; and he championed the Emerging Technology Industries Act, a bill that would provide grants to private-sector entities that grow jobs through innovations in medicine or science. Prior to running for office, Mike taught at his alma mater high school and managed a local safety engineering company, Smart Structures. Later he was elected twice to the Champaign County Board and spent more than four years as Champaign County Auditor, where he became a Certified Public Finance Officer, the only elected Auditor to receive that designation in the state. Mike also served as a volunteer firefighter and on the board of a local nursing home.

City Councilmember Kate Gallego

Phoenix. AZ

Vice Mayor Kate Gallego represents District 8, a diverse area that includes everything from one of the world’s busiest airports to the world’s largest municipal park. As a member of the Phoenix City Council, Kate has focused her energy on economic development and improving Phoenix’s transportation system. She led the campaign to pass Proposition 104, the city’s transportation plan through 2050. She also spearheaded the successful effort to develop Phoenix Equal Pay Ordinance, working toward pay equity for all residents. Kate has brought an entrepreneurial spirit and extensive economic development knowledge to her service on the council. Prior to being elected, Kate worked on Strategic Planning and Economic Development for Salt River Project and earned an MBA in Entrepreneurial Management from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. Kate is the only MBA on the Phoenix City Council. Vice Mayor Gallego is the first woman to represent District 8 and the only member of the Millennial Generation to serve on the council. She has been recognized with the “Courage” Award from the Girl Scouts Cactus-Pine Council for her work on the Phoenix Equal Pay Ordinance and as Elected Official of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers Arizona Chapter for her work on expanding access to transportation. The Wharton School of Business named her to its inaugural “40 Under 40” alumni list in 2015. Kate graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard University with a degree in Environmental Studies. She is married to United States Congressman Ruben Gallego.

Councilmember Dan Garodnick

New York, NY

Dan Garodnick was elected to the New York City Council in 2005 and is the Chair of the Economic Development Committee. Garodnick has established himself as a leader in the fight for affordable housing, spearheading the $4.5 billion tenant-backed bid for the purchase of Stuyvesant Town/Peter Cooper Village.  He has led the fight for the sensible redevelopment of East Midtown Manhattan, allowing for additional commercial growth, while ensuring that the public sees improvements to area infrastructure and mass transit. Garodnick has authored some of the most important legislation to pass the Council in the past number of years, focusing on tenants’ rights, consumer protection, and green buildings. Prior to his election, Dan was a litigator at the New York Law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, LLP, and a law clerk for the Honorable Colleen McMahon of the Southern District of New York. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review.

City Council President Leirion Gailor Baird

Lincoln, NE

Leirion Gaylor Baird serves as an at-large representative on the Lincoln City Council. Her priorities include public safety and improved emergency response times; repair and growth of the street and sidewalk network; parks, pools, and trails maintenance; continued access to a clean and sufficient water supply; tech infrastructure development; increased efficiency and cost-savings in the City/County procurement process; and protection of Lincoln’s quality of life so that it remains a top-ranked city in which to work and raise a family. Prior to her election in May 2013, Leirion served as a Lincoln/Lancaster County Planning Commissioner and on the LPlan Advisory Committee that produced the 2040 City/County Comprehensive Plan, the strategic roadmap for Lincoln’s growth and development over the next three decades. Leirion began her career as a management consultant, helping Fortune 500 companies become more efficient. She has also worked as a city budget and policy analyst and as a director of an innovative after-school and summer enrichment program designed to improve educational outcomes for children from low-income communities.

Representative Scott Holcomb

Georgia

Scott Holcomb serves in the Georgia House of Representatives where he serves on the Higher Education, Public Safety and Homeland Security, Juvenile Justice, and Defense and Veterans Affairs Committees. In 2016, he authored and helped to pass bipartisan, landmark legislation to ensure the timely processing of sexual assault kits in Georgia. He has also worked to reform government, promote employment for veterans, and increase entrepreneurship.  Scott is an experienced attorney who has practiced since 1998. He is a founding partner of Holcomb + Ward, LLP, a boutique law firm based in Atlanta. Scott began his career in public service as a lawyer with the U.S. Army JAG Corps, where he served as a prosecutor and international law attorney. He deployed overseas three times for the conflicts in Bosnia, Afghanistan, and Iraq. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Fellow with the Truman National Security Project.

Delegate Mark Keam

Virginia

Mark Keam serves as a Virginia State Delegate.  He began his career in public service as an attorney at the Federal Communications Commission and later served as a policy counsel at the Small Business Administration, where he worked to create a level playing field for women-owned businesses and minority enterprises. After the Clinton Administration, Mark moved to Capitol Hill to serve as Chief Counsel to Democratic Senator Dick Durbin on the Senate Judiciary Committee from 2001 to 2007, when he left to become a senior advisor for strategic affairs at Verizon, where he helps the company develop ideas that promote the use of technology to solve societal problems.

Mayor Ed Lee

San Francisco

The first Chinese-American mayor in the history of San Francisco, Edwin M. Lee is proud to represent a city famous for its creative spirit, open and welcoming residents, and long tradition of pursuing creative solutions for the challenges of today.  Since Mayor Lee took office in 2010, San Francisco has added 140,000 jobs, helping drop unemployment below three percent. In 2014, Mayor Lee pledged to create 30,000 new and rehabilitated housing units by 2020, of which 50 percent would be affordable to working and middle-class families. So far, more than 17,000 units have come online for local residents. Under his watch, San Franciscans approved two major bond measures to help fund transportation infrastructure projects, and he authorized the Transportation Sustainability Fee, which will generate $1.2 billion for public transit initiatives over the next 30 years.  He has championed responsible pro-growth policies that benefit all residents, from attracting major corporations to San Francisco like Salesforce and Twitter to supporting local legacy businesses through his Invest in Neighborhood initiative.

Mayor Liz Lempert

Princeton, NJ

Liz Lempert took office on January 1, 2013, as the first mayor of the consolidated municipality of Princeton, New Jersey. She has worked to make Princeton a more sustainable, inclusive, and innovative community. Under Liz’s leadership, Princeton has begun to implement “complete streets” by adding to its biking and pedestrian infrastructure, expanded its open space, added over 100 new units of affordable housing, and introduced Access Princeton, a one-stop communications center for residents to report non-emergency issues. Liz first became involved in local politics in 2007 as co-chair of the Mercer4Obama campaign where she grew the organization from a dozen volunteers to over 3,000 members. She served on the former Princeton Township Committee from 2008-2012, the final year as Deputy Mayor.

City Councilmember Andria McClellan

Norfolk, VA

Andria McClellan is using her experience as an entrepreneur, civic leader and community activist, parent of three school-aged children, and former Planning Commissioner to make meaningful and progressive changes to the city of Norfolk, Virginia. Unseating a 16-year incumbent in 2016, she was elected to serve a Superward City Council seat for the second-largest city in Virginia because of her pro-growth, innovation platform which focused on improving public schools; diversifying the economy in a city home to the largest Naval Base in the world; finding innovative solutions and funding to address sea-level rise; and, creating a more engaged, accessible and transparent city government. Andria has served on numerous boards and commissions throughout the city, the region, and the state, including the Virginia Small Business Advisory Board, the Virginia Family & Children’s Trust Fund, and the Local Government Advisory Committee for the EPA’s Chesapeake Bay Program. She began her career working in sales and marketing for two Fortune 500 companies, after which she ran two start-up enterprises (one in manufacturing and one in tech). Andria earned her B.A. from the University of Virginia and graduated from the Wharton Management Program at the University of Pennsylvania. She is also a proud graduate of the CIVIC Leadership Institute and U.Va’s Sorensen Political Leaders Program.

City Councilmember Lauren McLean

Boise, ID

Lauren has served on the Boise City Council since 2011 and is currently the President Pro Tempore. She’s focused her work on sustainability, community justice, and economic development. Lauren co-sponsored the city’s ordinance protecting all residents from discrimination, including those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered. Her efforts in Boise led to ordinances being passed in cities around the state. She’s helped the city secure a grant to explore Pay for Success as part of a solution to homelessness and housing, and serves on the Mayor’s Housing and Homelessness Committee that convened providers, community organizations, and concerned citizens and led to the city’s first plan to develop community-supportive housing through the Housing First program. During her five years as a commissioner on the city’s urban renewal organization, CCDC she helped oversee a period of intense development in Boise’s downtown core with numerous public-private partnerships helping to transform Boise’s downtown. A committed conservationist and recreations, Lauren knows that Boise’s environment is key to its livability and long-term economic prosperity and growth. Known for her efforts to pass the city’s first levy for Open Space protection in 2011, she supported the most recent levy to grow the city’s open space and clean water programs and sponsors the city’s sustainability initiative. Since adopted, the city has established energy reduction goals, expanded its geothermal system as part of an EcoDistrict downtown, and continues to seek innovative solutions to today’s problems.

Delegate Andrew Platt

Maryland

Andrew Platt was elected Delegate to the Maryland House of Delegates in 2014. He is a first-generation college graduate who worked his way through school. After graduating, Andrew went to work for Donna Brazile, the Vice-Chair of Voter Registration and Participation for the Democratic National Committee. Andrew then got a job on Capitol Hill working for the House Democratic Caucus, the legislative and communications hub for House Democrats. As a staffer for the Caucus, Andrew worked to help advance legislation to create jobs, grow our middle class, and protect Social Security and Medicare from drastic cuts. While working full-time on Capitol Hill, Andrew went to graduate school at night and received his Master’s degree.

Treasurer Tobias Read

Oregon

Treasurer Tobias Read understands that financial empowerment, wise investments, and sound management are foundational to the quality of life and economic opportunities for Oregonians, and key for the long-term vitality of our state. In 2015, he was a chief sponsor of the Oregon Retirement Savings Plan, which will be the first operating state-sponsored retirement program when it launches in mid-2017. Prior to his election as Oregon’s 29th State Treasurer, Tobias had served for a decade in the Oregon House of Representatives, where he championed legislation to invest in public education, improve state financial management, finance critical infrastructure improvements, and help Oregonians save for a more secure future. He has also worked in the U.S. Treasury and as a liaison between designers, engineers, and manufacturing units for Nike Inc.

Representative Warwick Sabin

Arkansas

As the State Representative for District 33, Warwick also holds the position of Assistant Speaker Pro Tempore for the 90th General Assembly. Both Arkansas Democrat-Gazette columnist John Brummett as well as Talk Business Quarterly named Warwick among the top ten legislators of the 2013 legislative session, and the Arkansas Times called him the “Freshman of the session”. In 2014, he was among 24 national political leaders awarded the Rodel Fellowship by the Aspen Institute for his “outstanding ability to work responsibly across partisan divisions and bring greater civility to public discourse.” Before assuming his position at the Innovation Hub, Warwick was publisher of the Oxford American magazine, and in 2009 he was named to the FOLIO:40, a list of the 40 most influential people in the national magazine industry. His additional professional experience includes serving as director of development for the Clinton Foundation, as well as working on Capitol Hill, at the White House, and at Foreign Affairs magazine. He is a Marshall Scholar and a Truman Scholar, and he holds an M.A. in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from Oxford University and a B.A. (summa cum laude) in Political Science from the University of Arkansas, where he graduated as valedictorian and was president of the student body. He received the University of Arkansas Young Alumni Award in 2005 and was named to the Arkansas Business “40 Under 40” in 2003, and he has volunteered and served on the boards of directors for numerous community and nonprofit organizations and projects in Little Rock.

Mayor Libby Schaaf

Oakland, CA

Since her elections to the Oakland city council and subsequently the mayor’s office, Libby has worked tirelessly to build a safer city, increase government transparency and efficiency, empower residents, and strengthen Oakland neighborhoods. Libby’s leadership has led to reforms that have modernized government technology and made government more transparent and accountable, increased public access to information, and saved taxpayer dollars. Libby strongly believes that a more open and efficient government means a better government.

Mayor Michael Tubbs

Stockton, CA

Michael Tubbs emerged with a new wave of social and political reform when, at the age of 26, he was elected as the youngest and first African American mayor of his hometown of Stockton, California in 2016. During his time as mayor and when previously serving on the Stockton’s City Council since 2012, Tubbs has championed reforms to improve police-community relations, increase investment into underserved areas of Stockton, and increase opportunities for youth upward mobility. As he was in the midst of campaigning for Stockton’s City Council, Tubbs was completing his master’s degree in Policy, Leadership, and Organization Studies at Stanford University, where he also completed his undergraduate studies attending on a need-based scholarship. Tubbs has also been honored as a City of Stockton Architect of Peace and a Truman Scholar for his commitment to public service. Using his enthusiasm for local politics, Tubbs has focused his legislative initiatives under his #ReinventStockton campaign, becoming a catalyst for positive change as he takes on his greatest challenge of reinventing the streets of his childhood.

Representative Clarke Tucker

Arkansas

Representative Tucker has focused on improving early childhood education in Arkansas, both in terms of improving support for Pre-K education and by working to establish Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library (DPIL) on a statewide basis. DPIL is a literacy program that provides age-appropriate books for children between birth and age 5 on a monthly basis for just over $2 per book. Representative Tucker has also worked hard on criminal justice reform, aiming to improve behavioral health services for the criminal justice population in an effort to reduce crime and prison populations. In that regard, he has served as Co-Chair of the Legislative Task Force on Behavioral Health Treatment Access. Representative Tucker has also led an effort to enact several pieces of ethics legislation to increase government transparency and accountability. For example, Representative Tucker is working to require disclosure of dark money sources in Arkansas campaigns, and he has enacted legislation to enhance the criminal penalties for elected officials who accept bribes. Representative Tucker is also working to pass paid maternity leave for state employees. Perhaps most important, in the spring of 2016, Representative Tucker helped shepherd the appropriation for Arkansas’s version of Medicaid expansion through a difficult legislative process.

City Councilmember Rob Werner

Concord, NH

Rob Werner has served as a City Councilor in Concord, NH since his election in 2006 and chairs the Energy and Environment Committee. He works to make Concord’s future more sustainable by advocating for the installation of solar panels on public buildings and idling reduction technology on city vehicles. In addition to serving the city of Concord, Rob also serves as the New Hampshire State Director for the League of Conservation Voters, a national advocacy organization that works to turn environmental values into national, state, and local priorities. Rob formerly served as the National Field Director of Americans for Campaign Reform. A public policy analyst and advocate, Rob has organized successful advocacy and legislative campaigns for the American Heart Association, Smoke-Free NH Alliance, and the American Cancer Society. Active in the Greater Concord, NH Chamber of Commerce, Rob serves on both the State and the Local Government Affairs Committees. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Business Administration at Franklin Pierce University.

Representative Brandon Whipple

Kansas

Brandon Whipple was elected to the Kansas House of Representatives in 2013, representing the south side of Wichita. Prior to serving in the legislature, Brandon served in multiple positions within the local Democratic Party and has taught at the college level since 2008. He currently teaches both Liberal Arts and Social Sciences when the Kansas House is not in session. As the first person in his family to graduate college, Brandon believes that a robust education system is crucial to building a strong workforce in Kansas. Brandon has advocated for legislation that increases opportunity and job growth for all Kansans and has worked with the South Wichita Business Association to lower property taxes for local businesses.

2017 Summit Location

Tuesday’s events will be hosted by Microsoft at LinkedIn San Francisco, at 222 2nd Street, San Francisco, in the Focus Room.

Microsoft recommends using BART (Montgomery Station is 2 blocks away), Caltrain (15-20 minute walk), or ride-share/taxi so parking won’t be necessary, as the parking beneath the building often fills by 11 am as do some lots around the building. If being driven, the alley behind the office on Tehama is likely the best place for drop-off.

Wednesday’s events will be hosted by Thumbtack at 1355 Market Street, Suite 600, San Francisco, in the Agora Room.

Special thanks to our event hosts, Microsoft at LinkedIn and Thumbtack!

LinkedIn connects the world’s professionals to make them more productive and successful.  Our vision is to create economic opportunity for every member of the global workforce.  With more than 500M Members, LinkedIn is the world’s largest online professional network with members in over 200 countries and territories.

Thumbtack is the app that finds you local professionals for any project. A contractor, a DJ, anyone. It instantly shows you available businesses and how much they’ll cost. Through Thumbtack, millions of customers are completing projects and more than 250,000 pros in 1,000’s of categories are collectively generating more than $1 billion in annual business — across all 50 states. Founded in 2009 and headquartered in San Francisco, Thumbtack is backed by Sequoia Capital, Google Capital, Tiger Global Management, Javelin Investment Partners, and Baillie Gifford.